Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Leeds to Find its Talent at The Store

Date: 29th April 2009

A new national initiative, Find Your Talent, will make its presence felt in Leeds on Thursday when over 90 cultural organisations showcase activities on offer for young people in the city

The free event, called ‘The Store’, is open to artists, teachers, parents and all professionals working with children and young people aged 0-19. It aims to increase the range and quality of arts and cultural projects available to young people both in and out of school. Taking place at The West Park Centre on Spen Lane from 10.30am-4.45pm on Thursday 30th April, the event includes exhibitions, seminars and performances by talented young people from across Leeds.

The Store forms part of the ambitious Find Your Talent initiative, which aims to increase interest and involvement in arts and culture amongst children and young people in Leeds between now and 2011. Leeds is one of 10 councils in England which have been selected to trial the initiative, having beaten off stiff national competition to secure a £2.4m investment for the city.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:

“Find Your Talent is a superb initiative for Leeds which will create strong and successful new partnerships to improve what we can offer young people. As an event The Store will make a major contribution by bringing together cultural and educational organisations and young people all in one place to share the great opportunities that already exist in the city, and to explore the possibilities of creating new ones for the future.”

Drama, dance, storytelling, visual art, filmmaking and media are just some of the activities which will be featured at The Store. Artists and teachers will also be able to find out more about the city’s Breezecard initiative, which offers exclusive or discounted opportunities to young people. All visitors will also receive a free copy of The Artists’ Directory, a unique guide to local artists and cultural organisations produced by Education Leeds.

Find Your Talent is funded nationally by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, Arts Council England and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Locally the initiative is being delivered by Leeds City Council in partnership with Education Leeds, and The Store is organised by Education Leeds’ Artforms team.

For further information about The Store contact Artforms on 0113 230 4074. For more information on Find Your Talent in Leeds, contact jon.price@leeds.gov.uk or visit the website at www.findyourtalent.org

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